Norwegian waffles, or vaffler as they’re called, have always been a staple in my house. Growing up, my Grandma would make these waffles every Sunday and invite her friends over for coffee and vaffler.
When my sister and I were little, we referred to these guests as the “Waffle People” and every Sunday morning our home was filled with Waffle People and the scent of fresh waffles.
Vaffler are quite different than American waffles. They are softer, and a bit fluffier than the American and Belgian styles. Instead of butter and syrup, Norwegian waffles are served with sour cream and strawberry preserves (It has to be preserves, not jam and never jelly. It’s just one of those things.) My favorite destinction is that these waffles are flavored with Cardamon instead of the more commonly used vanilla extract, giving them an incredible flavor and aroma that wafts through the entire house, persuading everyone out of bed and into the kitchen.
1 cup of sugar
1 1/2 sticks of salted butter, melted
(extra butter for the waffle iron)
1 3/4 cup of milk
2 1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon baking power
2 teaspoons of cardamon
Beat the eggs and the sugar together. Add melted butter (that has cooled slightly) and then milk. Combine the flour, baking powder, and cardamon and add to the wet ingredients. Let the batter sit for 15-20 minutes. (I don’t know why, but it helps. Grandma and I use this time to make coffee and set out bowls of sour cream and strawberry preserves. She always put them in pretty glass bowls, even if it was just us, so I do too. Grandma knows best.)
Set the waffle iron to medium heat and grease lightly with butter. I use a soup ladle to scoop the batter onto the iron, but the amount you should use depends on the size of your waffle maker. The batter should reach the sides when it’s closed but not run over.
Cook for about a minute, again depending on your iron. You can check after about 30 seconds. The waffles should be golden brown and fluffy.
Top with a generous dollop of sour cream
and follow with sweet, strawberry preserves.
If I know anything, it’s that these waffles are best paired with a hot cup of coffee, cozy socks and a lazy Sunday afternoon spent at home.